Used car sales reach highest level since 2009

Sales of new cars, including new Ford cars and other British brands, have been reported at very high levels so far this year, but it seems that the used car market is not lagging far behind.

According to information services provider Experian, more than 1,800,000 used cars were sold between April and June 2013. This is an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to the second quarter (Q2) of 2012, when used car sales were recorded at around 1,700,000.

Analysts at Experian have now said that used car sales in the UK are now showing the first year-on-year increase since Q1 in 2009.

The Ford Fiesta was one of the best-selling used cars in the ‘super-mini’ category, with the model and others like it showing a 7.5 increase in sales compared to the same time last year. Used Ford Focus cars, however, remained at the top of the pile in terms of used car sales, the same as it was the year before. Between April and June this year, a total of 159,000 Ford Focus models were sold in the UK.

Commenting on the figures was Experian Automotive’s Andrew Ballard, who said:

“Sales data is an indicator of the overall health of the automotive industry in the UK so the four year high seen in Q2 is a positive sign, especially when teamed with the upward trend in new car sales.”